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Industrial flow mechanics

Published: 19 May 2021

Flows in piping systems are common in a variety of industrial applications. We give you basic knowledge in the subject.

Course content

Pipe flow with special focus on the dimensioning of pipe systems containing pumps, valves and geometric changes such as bends and transitions.

Expected learning objectives

After completing the course, the student will

  • Be familiar with calculations of pressure losses in piping systems and how these can be minimized
  • Be able to dimension pipe systems with associated pumps based on given conditions in the form of required flow
  • Be able to dimension valves for use in pipe systems in accordance with current European standards

Course structure

The course is mainly given digitally through the learning management system Canvas. The following course materials are available in Canvas

  • A compendium where the underlying theory is presented
  • Three recorded lectures
  • A collection of problems with theoretical tasks that enable the students to test their understanding of the elements included in the course

In addition to the digital material in Canvas, a calculation exercise will also be held via Teams where participants can ask questions.

As part of the course examination, submission of theoretical calculations is included. The calculations partly cover information from the problem collection and that they serve as a basis for the laboratory part (see below).

Finally, a laboratory will take place at LTU where the student physically participates. The laboratory is divided into two parts

  • Pipe flow – experimental investigation of pressure losses in pipe systems
  • Pump characterization – experimental investigation of a pump's performance
Joel Sundström

Joel Sundström, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 491627
Organisation: Fluid Mechanics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics